Inside Lens

Inside Lens is a series by NHK WORLD TV that broadcasts documentaries directed by filmmakers living in Asia. We air documentaries that highlight local communities as the lens through which the dynamism of modern Asia is portrayed.

Inside Lens has two different formats. The first format is the documentaries about Asia directed by Asian filmmakers including foreign filmmakers who have lived in Asia for several years. There are many Asian filmmakers who have unique lens to depict the society closely and at the same time they are trying to co-produce the film with overseas broadcasters or production companies. “Unique lens” and “co-production” are the key words of the first type.

The second format is the documentaries about Japan directed by foreign filmmakers living in Japan. The documentaries should be rooted in the present tense that tell relevant and timely stories about what Japan is facing today.

We encourage innovative and intelligent filmmaking that speaks of the concerns of Asia and Japan today. Inside Lens is for ambitious, emerging filmmakers willing to develop projects to engage with NHK WORLD’s worldwide audiences that have interest in Asia and Japan. Strong narratives and captivating characters are essential prerequisites.

Inside Lens Key Visual

Broadcast schedule (UTC) Every Monday
01:30-01:58 / 7:30-7:58 / 10:30-10:58 / 19:30-19:58
(JST) Every Monday
10:30-10:58 /16:30-16:58 / 19:30-19:58 / (Tue.) 04:30-04:58
Duration and Language 28 minutes, English (50 minute versions will be aired on weekends as a special series)
Latest episodes
About Asia: The Chinese Mayor, China
The Road, China
The Priestess Walks Alone, Taiwan
We Repeat, South Korea
Ruby Land, Myanmar
Home Away Home, The Philippines
Jalanan, Indonesia etc.
About Japan: Tohoku Laughing
Citizen Science On the Ground Safecast
Village of the Dolls, Girl Under the Sea
Partners in Law
Road to Re-Election
Cracked Foundations
Hungry for Bugs
China Buys Japan: BAKUGAI
Where the Sky is Green, Dying at Home etc.